How to apply for a tourist visa for Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia has finally launched a tourist visa for the citizens of 49 countries which have been listed below after paying a minimal fee. In this article, we have explained how to apply for the Saudi tourist visa, documents required, the fee and all other things which you might be interested to know.

Eligibility Criteria

If you are a non-Saudi, then you are required to hold a visa to enter and exit Saudi Arabia. Only Saudi citizens, Saudi residents, and GCC citizens are exempted from holding visa to enter Saudi Arabia.

The only eligibility criteria to apply for a Saudi tourist visa is that you need to be a national of any of the following 49 countries which are listed below. If your nationality is not listed below, you cannot apply for an e-visa of Saudi Arabia and you will have to contact a Saudi embassy or Saudi consulate in the country where you are living. Recommended: How can Indian and Pakistanis apply for Saudi Tourist Visa?

Saudi tourist visa countries

CountryCountryCountry
ANDORRAHONG KONGPOLAND
AUSTRALIAHUNGARYPORTUGAL
AUSTRIAICELANDROMANIA
BELGIUMIRELANDRUSSIA
BRUNEIITALYSAN MARINO
BULGARIAJAPANSINGAPORE
CANADAKAZAKHSTANSLOVAKIA
CHINALATVIASLOVENIA
CROATIALIECHTENSTEINSOUTH KOREA
CYPRUSLITHUANIASPAIN
CZECH REPUBLICLUXEMBOURGSWEDEN
DENMARKMACAOSWITZERLAND
ESTONIAMALAYSIATAIWAN
FINLANDMALTAUKRAINE
FRANCEMONACOUNITED KINGDOM
GERMANYMONTENEGROUSA
GREECENEW ZEALAND
HOLLANDNORWAY

Required Documents

If you are a citizen of one of the above-mentioned countries which are entitled to get a Saudi tourist visa online, you need to have the following documents while applying for the visa.

  • Passport with a validity of 6 months at the time of entering Saudi Arabia
  • The candidate must be 18-years old or be accompanied by an adult guardian
  • The address of Accommodation or Hotel Booking

How to apply for a Saudi tourist visa?

The first step to applying for a tourist visa of Saudi Arabia is to open the following website and enter the type of passport and the country from which you belong. After this, write the captcha code and click on the “Next” button. https://visa.visitsaudi.com/Registration/Verify

In the next step to apply for a tourist visa of Saudi Arabia, you need to enter your personal information such as your name, mobile number, email address, a secret question which will be used later if you need to retrieve your password.

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In the next step to apply for a tourist visa, the system will send an activation code to your given email address. You need to click on the link provided in the email to activate your account and login to it.

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In the next step, the system will send a verification code to your email address. You need to check another email and write the activation code in the given window and click submit.

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Now you will be able to login to your account. Here you have two options to either apply for an individual or apply for a group. If you are applying for a Saudi tourist visa for a family, you need to apply for a group. If you are applying for it all alone, you need to select the individual option.

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In the next step to apply for a tourist visa of Saudi Arabia, you will have to enter your personal details such as name, date of birth, country of birth, city of birth, gender, marital status, and the current residence status. Here you also have an option to apply for the visa for yourself or on behalf of someone else.

A clock will start ticking as soon as you reach this page and you will have to enter all these details within 10 mins, otherwise, the page will be refreshed, and you will have to log in to your account again.

Can someone else apply on the applicant’s behalf?

Yes, but make sure you answer “yes” to the question in Visa form which says that “are you applying on behalf of someone?”

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In the next step to apply for a tourist visa of Saudi Arabia, you will have to select your passport type, enter your passport number, the country which has issued the passport, the passport issue and the expiry date, the expected date of arrival to and departure from KSA, the purpose of your trip and the communication preference.

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The system will also ask if you want to receive your visa through WhatsApp on any number other than the number you have registered in your application. In the end, the system will ask you to provide the address where you will be staying in Saudi Arabia.

It can be a personal address if you are going to stay with your family or a commercial address in case you are staying in a hotel.

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In the next step, you will have to agree to the terms and conditions of the medical insurance and the fact that this insurance will only cover emergency cases in Saudi Arabia. The cost of the insurance for the tourist visa of Saudi Arabia is SR 140.

Can one get medical treatment in KSA on holding a tourist visa?

It is important to mention that Saudi Arabia has not designed a tourist visa to get medical treatment from Saudi hospitals. In case of some emergency cases, your medical insurance will cover the visa holder to undertake any treatment from the government hospitals in Saudi Arabia. Medical insurance will only cover emergency cases.

The total coverage of this insurance is SR 100,000. The health insurance also covers the cost of emergency dental treatment, including filling, nerve treatment and removing abscess; antibiotics and painkillers up to a maximum of SR500; expenses of pregnancy and emergency delivery up to SR5,000; repatriation of dead bodies to home country with a maximum coverage of SR10,000 and the cost for travel of relative accompanying the deceased with a maximum of SR5,000.

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In the next page, you will be required to agree to a long list of terms and conditions to get the tourist visa of Saudi Arabia.

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Fee for a tourist visa of Saudi Arabia

In the next step to apply for a tourist visa of Saudi Arabia, you will review your entire application and pay the fee if everything stated is correct. The total fee to apply for a tourist visa in Saudi Arabia is SR 463 with the following breakup. You can pay the fee through MasterCard, Visa, American Express, UnionPay and ApplePay. 

  • Saudi Tourist Visa fee:   SR 300
  • Insurance Fee: SR 140
  • VAT 5%: SR 22
  • Transaction Fee: SR 8.44
  • Total: SR 463

Please keep in mind that the tourist visa fee of Saudi Arabia is non-refundable even if the visa is rejected by the Saudi authorities.

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In the next step, just fill the details with your credit or debit card and proceed with the “Pay Now” button to pay the fee for a tourist visa of Saudi Arabia.

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Once the payment is made, you will receive an email within 10 minutes containing your visa. Make sure you take a print of the visa as well as save it somewhere in the soft form to make available to the immigration officer at the Saudi airport.

In case you applied for the tourist visa on one passport which has changed now, you should bring both passports to the Saudi immigration counter. Recommended: 4 Airport Etiquettes to maintain while Entering to Saudi Arabia

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FAQs about Tourist Visa of Saudi Arabia

  1. What is the validity of the tourist visa?

The tourist visa of Saudi Arabia is a multiple entry visa with a validity of 1 year. However, the maximum duration of stay in one go cannot increase 90 days. It means that although the visa is valid for 90 days, you will be required to exit the country every 90 days.

As it is a multiple-entry tourist visa, so you can visit Saudi Arabia as many times as you want during the validity period of the visa. It is also important to note here that there is no extension of this class of visa. In case you overstay, you will be fined SR 100 for each over-stayed day.

  1. Can I perform Umrah or Hajj on the tourist visa?

Yes, the people who get the tourist visa of Saudi Arabia are allowed to perform Umrah multiple times. However, they will not be allowed to perform Hajj on this visa. In order to perform Hajj, they will have to apply for a different visa. It is also important to warn here that Non-Muslim tourists are not allowed to enter Makkah and Madina.

  1. How to get a tourist visa of Saudi Arabia on arrival?

Upon arrival in Saudi Arabia, you can get your tourist visa from electronic kiosks or immigration counters. You would be asked to make payment via a credit card so make sure to bring in a valid credit card that can be used internationally.

  1. What can we not do in Saudi Arabia on a tourist visa?

One cannot study, undertake a job, start a business and perform hajj with a tourist visa.

  1. Does applicant religion matter for a tourist visa?

No, the religion of the applicant does not matter at all. In fact, while filling the application for a tourist visa of Saudi Arabia, the system doesn’t even ask for the religion.

  1. Can women travel to and from Saudi Arabia alone?

Yes, there is no such ban that women cannot travel to and from Saudi Arabia alone as long as they are adults.

  1. Do women need to wear an abaya in Saudi Arabia?

Every man and woman should follow the dress code of Saudi Arabia according to the customs and traditions of the country.

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  1. Can modifications be made after e-visa is issued?

Once the visa is issued, any mistake on your part cannot be rectified. The visa cannot be modified or altered once it is issued.  However, if it is still under process and you make a request, it can be changed.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.